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Gabourey Sidibe: One Day I Decided That I Was Beautiful

Gabourey Sidibe: One Day I Decided That I Was Beautiful

Gabourey Sidibe works it out in this photo from the February 2010 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, on newsstands January 12.

The 26-year-old star of Precious posed for super-glam photos and spoke about doing the shoot, her confidence and the media’s synopsis of the film.

On posing for Harper’s Bazaar: “I feel like a model. It justifies everyone in my life who told me I wouldn’t be anything until I lost weight. It justifies that little girl who cried because she didn’t think she could be in front of the camera. And it’s for other girls who feel like they can’t do this or that and feel like they’re not pretty and not worthy of having their photo taken.”

On her confidence: “People always ask me, ‘You have so much confidence. Where did that come from?’ It came from me. One day I decided that I was beautiful, and so I carried out my life as if I was a beautiful girl. I wear colors that I really like, I wear makeup that makes me feel pretty, and it really helps. It doesn’t have anything to do with how the world perceives you. What matters is what you see.”

On celebs she’s into: “Man! Justin Timberlake is always good. God, there are so many hot dudes in Hollywood right now. I’m such a fanny, fanny girl. Bradley Cooper. How hot is he?”

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114 Responses to “Gabourey Sidibe: One Day I Decided That I Was Beautiful”

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  1. 1
    Go Ask Alice Says:

    She is telling the truth.
    If you don’t think you are,know you are, no one else will either nor do they care if you are or are not.

    Good for Gab.

  2. 2
    Dan Says:

    Oh i love her! she’s great in the movie… shes a bif role model for little girls…

  3. 3
    Dan Says:


  4. 4
    el Says:

    She was fantastic in Precious

  5. 5
    Bob Says:

    One day I decided I’m going to be President

  6. 6
    hedda Says:

    I like the way she thinks.

  7. 7
    Ren Says:

    go big girl GET BUSY

  8. 8
    bebe Says:

    DO NOT get me wrong but she is far from a role model for teens, when hollywood is too thin WE FROWN AGAINST it, SO THE same should apply to a young girl who is OBVIOUSLY OVER WEIGHT and probably having some HEALTH issues due to her WEIGHT.

  9. 9
    to dan Says:

    you’re right she is big. however she was magnificant in precious; regardless of how much she weighs. it’s entirely possible that she could win the oscar for best actress.

  10. 10
    to bebe Says:

    she could be a role models for the teens who have weight issues. those children who are struggling because they are over weight. this woman has obviously come to terms with who she is and what she wants. loosing weight does not appear to be on of the things she wants. ok but think about it, this woman could win the oscar for best actress for her work in precious. that will send one heck of a message to teens.

  11. 11
    ck_always Says:


    Hahahha I crack myself up!

  12. 12
    loma Says:

    Why is Miley on the cover instead of this young, talented, beautiful actress??? I bet if she was a size 2, she would have been on the cover. This industry will never change.

  13. 13
    ck_always Says:

    @to bebe: If she was “coming to terms” with being fat, then she’d realize she’s going to die under the age of 50 and start losing the weight rather than saying “wahh I’m fat, but I still love myself”.

    I hope she doesn’t win the oscar, people need to get off this bandwagon.

  14. 14
    bebe Says:

    AGAIN I do not condone any form of ESSESIVNESS WHETHER it be thin or BIG. Being over weight is not healthy. As a sister, a mother and a wife I would say to her ” GIRL YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL PERSON but in order to live healthy and longer you would have to hit the GYM OR take an active walk once in a while quit the FRIED CHICKEN for dinner pick up fruits and salad once in a while AND pick up ur OSCAR IN style………………….

  15. 15
    wendy Says:

    She is beautiful, so what if she is large, as long as she is healthy its all good. Amazing performance in Precious, i hope she gets tons of work, and that Oscar.

  16. 16
    Celia Says:

    She’s GORGEOUS!!!!

  17. 17
    InfamouslyCool Says:

    she is just such a breathe of fresh air for this industry, who cares if she is overweight. just like who cares if a person is too thin, people come in all shapes and sizes.

    on another note has anyone noticed that people bash Raven-symone for her weight when raven, compared to Gabourey is actually quite thin, just soemthing to think about.

  18. 18
    jenny Says:

    I agree with her. You SHOULD be happy with who you are and have a high self esteem. But she is overweight and that’s something that she should work on. She shouldn’t be happy about her health issues that she probably has because of her weight.
    Good job on the self esteem but you need to loose weight to be HEALTHY.

  19. 19
    mickey Says:

    I’m down with her confidence. She has bad taste in men though. Justin Timberlame? Ewwwwww

  20. 20
    CanadaGirl Says:

    I think the sentiments expressed are wonderful, but putting out the message that being this big is wrong – there are obvious health risks that need to be considered. It’s not a matter of her being big and successful – that unto itself is great – but there is no mention of the ramifications of being morbidly obese on one’s health. . .

  21. 21
    oy Says:

    @bebe: Well said. I’m glad she has confidence, but I hope she realizes that her size is going to affect her health at some point. Denial isn’t good. She is not just a few pounds overweight. Mo’nique realized she had to lose and has started working on that. People are swinging to extremes too much on this issue. Rachel Zoe is anorexic looking. This woman is too heavy. Neither is healthy.

  22. 22
    potential Says:

    I hope she’s offered more opportunities in acting. She was great in Precious. But I’m going to have to agree with #19. Bradley Cooper? ewwww…

  23. 23
    style1 Says:

    I like her, but they couldn’t put another dress on her.

  24. 24
    CanadaGirl Says:

    @oy: Excellent points and intelligently put.

  25. 25
    get real Says:

    we can’t all be beautiful and we should encourage our kids to put less emphasis on body image and more on body health. stop lying to the public.

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